Betamax (also called Beta, and referred to as such in the logo) is a consumer-level analog recording format developed by Sony in 1975.
According to Sony’s own history webpages, the name came from a double meaning: beta being the Japanese word used to describe the way signals were recorded onto the tape, and from the fact that when the tape ran through the transport, it looked like the Greek letter beta (β). The suffix -max, from the word “maximum”, was added to suggest greatness.
Sanyo marketed a version as Betacord, but this was also referred to casually as “Beta”. In addition to Sony and Sanyo, Beta-format video recorders were also sold by Toshiba (Wikipedia).
Here, at the National Video Centre in Canberra, ACT, we have well-maintained Beta equipment and can transfer Betamax video tapes to DVD and digital files in both PAL and NTSC systems, along with Betacam and SuperBeta video tapes.
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